Alleviation of West Gate Tunnel traffic in Altona North and Brooklyn
Council is advocating for the delivery of funding and initiatives as defined by the Millers Road Corridor Working Group. The projects will improve local connectivity and traffic flows and better manage heavy vehicles throughout Altona North and Brooklyn and onto the freeway network.
Furthermore, in light of the expected 4,500 extra trucks per day expected on Millers Road resulting from the West Gate Tunnel, Council is calling for funding and delivery in relation to:
- Grieve Parade being upgraded to a preferred truck route;
- the extension of Grieve Parade north to Market Road;
- the provision of freeway access ramps at Dohertys Road west of Grieve Parade; and
- the development of a regional freight management plan.
Grieve Parade upgrade
Brooklyn residents currently experience poor air quality, excessive noise, access difficulties, delays and safety issues due to the increasing volumes of trucks using Millers Road and other key freight routes in the area. The West Gate Tunnel (WGT) Project, associated road tolling and the introduction of truck bans north of the freeway will result in 4,500 extra trucks per day in Millers Road (between Geelong Road and the freeway). This increase will result in local residents being impacted by additional noise, traffic fumes and access difficulties to their homes and community.
Through the life of the WGT Project, Council has continually advocated to shift the extra truck traffic to Grieve Parade, which is in an industrial precinct, rather than use Millers Road, which traverses residential areas, activity centres and school zones. This alternative option proposes to divert trucks south along Geelong Road to an upgraded Grieve Parade, provide new freeway access ramps at Doherty's Road and extending Grieve Parade north to Market Road to the Tottenham industrial area.
Grieve Parade provides access to industrial land within the state significant western industrial precinct. Due to the lack of access ramps on Grieve Parade, north south connectivity to and from the Altona North Industrial Precinct to the M80 Ring Road is restricted. The WGT project scope does not include provision for additional ramps at Grieve Parade or at Dohertys Road. In addition, a key recommendation in Brimbank City Council’s Brooklyn Industrial Precinct Strategy (Brooklyn Evolution Strategy) is for the extension of Grieve Parade north of the freeway to Market Road. Council supports this Plan to provide improved north-south access linking the Tottenham industrial area and providing more efficient freight access to the freeway.
For more information read Council's Grieve Parade Truck Route Advocacy Fact Sheet
West Gate Tunnel Project
The West Gate Tunnel, originally called the Western Distributor, is a proposed toll road that will link the West Gate Freeway at Yarraville with CityLink at Docklands via a tunnel beneath Yarraville. It aims to relieve congestion on the M1, provide an alternative river crossing to the West Gate Bridge and move trucks away from inner west homes. Major construction commenced in early 2018 following the Minister for Planning's approval of the Environmental Effects Statement (EES) and wis due for completion in 2022. Find out more about the West Gate Tunnel Project
Millers Road & Williamstown Road corridor study
VicRoads is conducting a study in Melbourne’s inner west to understand the impacts and changes to how we move people and freight through the area now and after completion of the West Gate Tunnel Project in a way that balances community and business needs. Information including minutes from the working group meetings can be found on the VicRoads website.